Cardiff's Solus, 16th October 2007
Reviewed by Nadine Ballantyne
This is the one and only Welsh show of their 2007 UK headlining tour for Merthyr Tydfil's The Blackout, and it's expected to be packed out by only close followers of the sextet. Those are followers who truly believe this band, and feel they can become nothing except bigger and bigger. Tonight, they prove that they might just do that. Their next test after this will be whether they can handle themselves amongst the big guns at Taste of Chaos, but that's for next time.
Pierce The Veil
During their set, The Blackout’s Sean Smith said it felt as though Pierce The Veil (the second act to hit the stage) is from the vagina of the Welsh valleys - even though they're an American act. They’re happy chaps on stage, and fit the bill extremely well; full on Emo Hard Rock. The bassist jumps down by security, and that's only what it takes to get the girls screaming like they've seen an A-class Rock star. They're also clung to the wailings of singer / guitarist Vic Fuentes; Fuentes goes from his unique, soft yet high pitched singing approach to screaming his little lungs out. Musically they’re just another typical Emo Rock act, but that’s not worrying anyone tonight. Well, the girls at least.
Minutes before The Blackout take to the stage, “We are... We are the Dynamite” is all you can hear being fiercely chanted. Before they even do though, a nephew of one of the band members (who can be seen introducing them in their new video “the Beijing cocktail”) introduces them to a crowded, ready to Rock venue. They kick off the set jumping high, and fare well with high kicking action. The band is full of enthusiasm all the way through, and cocky comments keep the younger fans amused. They choose to cause a stir by stating London was the best show they’ve ever played, but that the crowd might be able to change Sean’s mind with an old classic. This indeed gets the whole place singing every word back at them, and also causes the most mayhem of the night. The mayhem is so much that the security can't handle the mass of crowd surfers, and drop a few. Down and even hurt though, they carry on singing. After a small remark that that this will be the last song they'll play tonight, you think the madness is over. After an introduction to the next song, everyone in the room is either cringing or can't believe their playing (in delight). “If only we could fly…” starts it off. Limp Bizkit's “My Generation” isn't often played but they’ve obviously been practicing. Therefore, they manage to pull it off. The hall explodes in cheers as they leave the stage, and The Blackout look happy. Considering they have such a cult following, so they should (even if most the crowd are girls screaming “sexy”). Will they be able to top this hometown show? Time will tell.